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>> [speaking foreign language] >> i have been recently speaking with a lot of parents and families about this campaign. >> [speaking foreign language] >> i will share a story with du you of one of these people. >> [speaking for language] >> coming home from work, she gets off at the time that is not convenient. she has two children. 11, 10, but chilling as of monday to pay for one of the children.
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>> [speaking foreign languages] >> she lives on the hill and her children attend a school that is very far away. >> [speaking foreign language] >> the children were returning from school, going home, and the driver asked them to pay the fare. only one of them could pay. >> [speaking for language] >> the child without money asked the driver if he could get on, he did not have the fair. >> [speaking foreign language] . >> probably it was a very busy time that was stressful for the driver, the driver yelled at the child to get off the bus. >> [speaking for language]
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>> one of the passengers offered to pay the fare of the child. the driver refused to accept the fair, the children had to get off the bus and not ride home. >> [speaking foreign language] >> by the time that they got home, they were tired and frustrated. she was obviously very desperate. she had already struggled a lot to cover the fare for the one child that she could. >> [speaking foreign language] >> this is one of many stories that we hear when we do outreach in the community -- [tone] and talk about this as a
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possibility for muni. >> [speaking foreign language] >> i think that as a community, we have a responsibility to find out what the options are to deal with this, because it is not right the children have to deal with this to get to school. >> [speaking foreign language] >> we need free passes for youth. thank you. >> the next speaker is [leads and names -- is [reads names]
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>> good afternoon. >> [speaking foreign language] >> good afternoon, my name is [unintelligible] and i am here to ask you to pre -- please approve the free passes. the economic has really -- economic crisis has really impacted poor families. we have the responsibility to help our children into schools, museums, the library. so that they can study, work, and contribute to society. what [speaking foreign language] -- >> [speaking foreign language]
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>> and also, the school buses, the yellow school buses have been cut. >> [speaking foreign language] >> so, it would be very grateful to you if you approve these passes for use -- for the youth. >> [speaking foreign language] >> that is all. thank you very much. >> next speaker, please. >> [read names] >> good afternoon. >> [speaking foreign language] >> hello, my name is -- oh, hello, my name this [unintelligible] from the family collaborative -- my name is [unintelligible] from the family collaborative. >> sfgov.or[speaking foreign la]
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>> i am really appreciative that the board is taking the time to hear this perspective. >> [speaking foreign language] >> the free muni for youth proposal is something that we as parents and children all support. >> [speaking foreign language] >> we want the assistance to access transit, not only something that children of families received, but something that all children have. by [speaking foreign language]
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-- have. >> [speaking foreign language] >> i have often seen children riding the buses where they are fearful of getting a ticket, but they needed to get to school. it is creating a bad image and experience for them, to be worried about writing transit. >> [speaking foreign language] -- writing -- riding transit. [speaking foreign language] -- >> [speaking foreign language] >> my son rides the bus every day. i want him to be able to ride the bus with his friends, and not be separated, to be able to
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access and contribute to the many things in the community. [speaking foreign language] >> we do not want me need to be stigmatized as just for low- income youth, and we are supporting free muni for all youth. -- hence we are supporting free muni for all youth. >> [speaking foreign language] [cell phone ringing] >> we hope that you take action in you and make muni fever -- free for all youth. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker is ? >> [reads names] >> good morning. my name this [unintelligible] -- my name is [unintelligible]
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i would like to speak about free passes for all youth. we appreciate the progress of board of supervisors. however, we know that without the mild voices of power and powerful allies speaking out, the way that they have come up things rarely get done, if ever. today it is all about funding for free rides for all youth. it is not a good idea to separate the poor and the more well-off children, for a number of reasons. icahn particularly relate, as i have been homeless and have needed to sneak onto trains and buses just to get around. this is a big issue. and now, i strongly urge you to make free transportation for all
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youth. at this point in time, i just feel that there is plenty of money in the budget for you to be considering this and considering this seriously. i think that it is particularly important at this point. thank you. >> next speaker, please? >> [reads names] >> [speaking foreign language] >> good afternoon. my name is [unintelligible] >> [speaking foreign language]
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>> i have been here several times not to testify. for the folks listening, all the testimonials from families were struggling to meet the -- to make ends meet are no longer seas gripping. >> [speaking foreign language] >> the point is not for anyone to feel guilty, as no one is guilty here. >> [speaking foreign language] >> for us, for people like us who are poor and are living in poverty, this is the reality. >> [speaking foreign language]
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>> again, i come to ask you to approve these free passes for youth at a time that is critical and when a great opportunity to make this work is being had. >> [speaking foreign language] >> i hope that you are not offended by this and that you understand and that this raises awareness that sunday your children, who had the privilege to ride in cars, will someday be able to get on the bus as well and ride with us. >> who knows, [speaking foreign
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language] >> i was not able to do this in my country. i could not interact with people of a higher economic status than me. but here in san francisco, we have a great opportunity for people, for youth to interact.
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rich, poor, young, old. for them to learn their differences and similarities. >> [speaking foreign language] >> i ask you that you, in this time of capacity within your office, could please make this a reality. thank you. >> next speaker. >> [read the names] >> good afternoon. >> i am sorry that you cannot see this picture. bid is students crossing the
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brooklyn bridge in brooklyn bridge last year, 2011. this is not just happening in san francisco, it is happening all over the country and i hope that it spreads. in a supporter for free muni for all youth. i was involved with different groups, as well as the group -- including the group power. we work really hard to get three months of rimini for low-income youth. it was extremely difficult to do. outreach for distribution. the m.t.a. was at a loss. it was a real obstacle to getting these passes out to students who could use them. volunteers did the distribution in the outreach. if it were free muni for all youth, people could just get on the bus. they would not have to go
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through the bureaucratic hurdles to get low-income youth. the other thing that people are talking about a lot is tremendous growth in san francisco. we talked about it this past weekend. why is this growth? i suspect -- what is this growth? i suspect that it is high income people. san francisco has to show a commitment to keeping families and low-income youth, families, in san francisco. >> next speaker, please? >> [read names] >> afternoon. >> [speaking foreign language] >> good afternoon to all of you. >> [speaking foreign language] i am with power -- >> i am with
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power. >> [speaking foreign language] >> i am here to support the campaign of free muni for youth. >> [speaking foreign language] >> i have done outreach in the streets. >> [speaking foreign language] >> especially with parents and young people. >> [speaking foreign language] >> the reality really is in the streets. anyone that watches knows how much stress can exist. >> [speaking foreign language] >> parents are very stressed because there is no work.
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>> sometimes the money is not enough to send the kids to school with a fast pass. >> [speaking foreign language] >> the majority of people i have talked to said that if they were being truthful. >> [speaking foreign language] >> i asked you to please move this forward and take action. let's [speaking foreign language] -- >> [speaking foreign language] >> said that this is no longer a barrier for youth to get to school. >> [speaking foreign language]
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>> the reality in the street is now. >> next speakers? >> [leads names] -- reads names] >> good afternoon. i am here to talk about some of my experiences. in a member of power. -- i am a member of power. one of my most important reasons i am here is because muni is important for me. my dad has not been working for months. my mother is the only one working. she had to struggle to get food on the table.
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i am one more young person the struggles with muni in the city. if it were free, it would benefit me in fact -- thousands of other youth. if they do not have money for the past, they will not have money for the $100 fine. many youth would be able to go around the city without being scared of being harassed by police. here is one solution for where the money would come from. if the mta pays the police department $1 million to get on the bus, that would be money that you could put towards youth. i have been here several times, but every time we come they make a decision.
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if you do not take action now, we could boost the fund's the begot. thank you. >> thank you. >> [leads nam[reads names] >> good afternoon. my name is joanne. i am a member of power and a small business, new business working in the communities on resources in ways that children can get educated and get jobs in different stop. i am speaking as an unemployed mother. i give my daughter $3 per day. one of my daughters refused that to get on the bus. so, she gets pulled off the bus
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by one of the transit agency. she does not want to give them the information. she calls me on the phone and asked what she should do. i said that she should go by the law and tell them the name, but they do not have -- that she does not have money to pay for a ticket. she said she spent her money on a pizza. she refuses to save bus fare, because she wants to eat. they took 20 kids off the bus. when i got here, there were 20 kids lined up. they were given tickets on their way from school. i grounded her for something that i did not know was going on. i told her, sorry, i will have to speak about test. they need to get to school safe and get home safe on a daily basis to get educated.
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that education, they are our future children. they need to think about the education and how they will get there. the last driver said there was no such thing as courtesy rides. i feel bad, because i volunteer my time for muni before. i feel like this. there is such thing as courtesy rides. if you do not have it, you do not have it. but if you have to get somewhere, you have to get somewhere. [tone] >> thank you. next speaker. quack's [breeds names -- >> [ reads names] >> we recognize the work here to speak about the entire budget. we are active on transit around multiple issues. what is important to note is that this is less than 1% of the
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mta budget and you have hundreds of people coming out here. that it is actually in the interest of the mta to have this many parents who were working, because this is how serious the issue is today. many of you are where we are. at 4:00 today, there are dozens of young people. we know that taxi drivers have to speak, but we are hearing numbers because we have been fighting about this issue, there were not yet those school buses like before. parents are already struggling around this. we are passionate around this issue and passionate of transportation. i want to just point out, because he will let hear the voices of other young people, we were part of looking at where we could do greater efficiencies. muni accounts for 40% of all work orders in the city.
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this is a huge drain on the budget. one of the most important things that was pointed out there is that the mta is paying the entire motorcycle fee for the police officers. it makes no sense. right now the transit authority is looking at the nexus between the budget, the work orders, and what is actually related. >> next speaker, please? >> [reads names] >> i am with one of the groups that is fighting for free muni for youth. we have been going back and forth about whether or not this campaign should be for all of you were just low income you. for us it is important that it is for all youth for a number of reasons. one is that setting up income
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tax will make it difficult and cost money, to be able to administer and fill out paperwork to see if they qualify for programs such as this. right now, the income level to reduce lunch, for example, a family that makes 45 low-income that is the criteria that would help him to qualify for something like rimini for youth. myself, i am a product of private school and was able to get a scholarship. it would have been difficult for me to attend such an institution and be able to go to school if i did not have a scholarship and the free metro card that i got as a youth.
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this would make it difficult for a lot of low-income families, especially undocumented families, and the children and parents that were put in the economy. these are the members that we work with and the people that make up our organization. so, for this reason, we are asking for this to be in the city for all youth. >> next speaker, please. >> [reads names] >> good afternoon. >> my name is [unintelligible] and i am here to support the idea that there would be freed muni for youth. because when you use your card, you -- when you use your car, you use of fossil fuel, burning up the air that we breathe.
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i ride muni to school every day. and i want to encourage other kids to ride muni instead of going to school in cars. please support free muni for youth, because it is good for the environment. thank you for your support. >> thank you. [applause] >> next speaker? >> hello, my name is angelina. i am with the adoption program in chinatown. the goal of muni is to increase youth -- showing that there was
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a continual decrease in the trend of youth passed purchasing. in 2010 it was 18,000 passes. 2011, when we face the clippers. only 10,000 of them have any money. we want to change that trend to get all people on buses. we want to revolutionize the way people think about transit. more so than ever, we're seeing schoolbus cuts for students. i hope that you consider supporting free muni for all youth. thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name is anthony. on behalf of the students